When I talk with people about my book, it gives them a sense of safety to share their plight with panic or anxiety.

So many people in my day to day life are sharing the when’s and how’s of their brushes and in some cases downright affliction with these terrible disorders that it causes me to question the current statistics.

One in seventy-five people have or have had anxiety. I argue that it’s considerably higher. I believe many don’t seek help or discuss it for fear of labeling.

My own struggle would have remained supremely private had it not gotten to the point that my doctor suggested an informal meeting with an expert. Once I briefly met with the expert, I vaguely understood what was happening and was reassured that I was not that one unique case with symptoms no one had ever seen. I went back to learn more.

It was my amazing family doctor that pushed me to own my panic. Sure, he could have offered magic pills and had I been a patient that was open to meds, he would have but would have still pushed for resolution instead of just medicating the symptoms.

Out of the 20 people that have shared, one, like me, has gone the natural route. It took years to resolve and was one of the hardest fights they have ever had but they feel that opting to not use meds fit better for them.

I hear Meds make the fight easier. It makes your threshold for the daily grind on your nerves a little higher while lowering the threshold of the actual grind. I’ve been told it can bring you to a four out of ten so you can function better.

When you are in the heavy muck of it I don’t think there is a right or wrong way to deal with panic. I think you learn better methods as you become more familiar with what is happening and what has proven to be the best strategies. Education to all of the different coping methods is key.

There are ways that help you relieve your symptoms so you can get a break, like avoidance. But ultimately that method allows panic to linger longer.

There are meds that step in and either reduce an attack after the fact or maintenance meds that help “prevent” them altogether.

There are also education and coping methods that help you “eliminate” panic from your life.

None are fool proof and all require the sufferer to decide what fits their lives. Maybe a combination works best for me but meds alone work best for you. Panic seems to be a common unique experience for sufferers. Symptoms can be run of the mill where resolution is less uniform or more personally tailored. It’s not like a common flu where a mass produced shot will insulate you. Your treatment has to be based on the total you.

Regardless of your choice I can tell you that seeking guidance is crucial. Googling symptoms can have profoundly negative consequences.

Dr. Google is full of bad news and extreme scenarios that don’t likely apply to you. Seek help from a living breathing IN person person.

You CAN stop panic. It just takes some practice.